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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:23 AM

Gallup: 2012 election had the largest gender gap in recorded history

President Obama won women by 12 percentage points, while Mitt Romney won men by 8. That’s a 20-point gender gap, edging out the 1984 election when Ronald Reagan defeated Democrat Walter Mondale in a landslide.
Reagan won both men and women in that election, but carried men by 28 points and women by only 10 – a disparity of 18 points.

2012 was the fifth straight election to feature a double-digit gender gap.

Still, Romney performed better among women than Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) did in 2008. Obama had a 14-point advantage among female voters over his GOP counterpart that year. Romney also outperformed McCain among men in this election – in 2008 Obama and McCain split the male vote.

The politics of gender played a significant role throughout the 2012 election, as Romney looked to cut into Obama’s advantage among female voters by framing the economy as a women’s issue.

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/267101-gallup-2012-election-had-the-largest-gender-gap-in-history

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Reply Gallup: 2012 election had the largest gender gap in recorded history (Original post)
Ichingcarpenter Nov 2012 OP
stumblnrose Nov 2012 #1
joshcryer Nov 2012 #2
iemitsu Nov 2012 #3
PDJane Nov 2012 #4
HockeyMom Nov 2012 #9
6000eliot Nov 2012 #5
mfcorey1 Nov 2012 #6
Freddie Nov 2012 #7
justiceischeap Nov 2012 #8

Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:25 AM

1. Awright that explains their polling

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:30 AM

2. Predictable.

The male vote, particularly the white male vote, can't be counted on for progressives.

I couldn't believe that DUers were so insulted when I pointed this out.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:33 AM

3. If Romney was framing the economy as a woman's issue,

he didn't do much a a job of convincing women he would deal with any economic issues in ways that might benefit them.
I swear, people who pretend to inform us with analysis of political behavior will say anything even if it is not demonstrated by the facts.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:49 AM

4. Birth control and abortion are economic issues for women.

Those two things outweigh the deficit for women, because without control of reproduction, the deficit is a murky and manageable future problem.

Of course, the deficit is a rich man's worry; the only people howling about the deficit are the very rich, and that only because they understand that they'll have to pay taxes to fix it. Mind, in my view, that's only fair, since their unwillingness to share the wealth has caused much of the deficit.

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Response to PDJane (Reply #4)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 07:47 AM

9. "Are you married?", "Do you have children?"

"How are you going to work when your kids get sick?" These were very COMMON questions that employers asked women back in the good old days. Been there, done that. Employers didn't want to HIRE females back then because they could get PREGNANT and have to take time off from work.

THIS is why being able to control your body is so crucial. If they won't hire you because you are a woman who cannot control when you get pregnant, all the jobs in the world isn't going to matter.

Maybe Queen Ann can have 7 kids and not have to worry about them with her Nannies, but a WORKING woman will.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:09 AM

5. You mean trying to redefine rape isn't a winning strategy with women?

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:22 AM

6. The women did remember in November!!!!! Let's see if they are ignorant

enough to start that foolishness again.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:39 AM

7. Lesson learned was that women's rights was a huge winning issue for our side

Let's continue the trend with a renewed push to finally pass the Equal Rights Amendment. With added language giving a woman the absolute and final right to decide whether, when and how many children she will bear.

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Response to Ichingcarpenter (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 06:50 AM

8. I think part of McCain's problem with women was Palin

just because she was a woman didn't mean that women would automatically support her. Electing a woman who isn't very intelligent won't help women in the long run.

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